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I Have Had Spinal Surgery

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    My 360 Spinal Fusion

    Hi, my name is Janice and 3 weeks ago I had a 360 spinal fusion with hardware at my l4 l5 and s1. This was to correct a broken vertabrea and two ruptured disks. I also had alot of nerve pain in both my legs that caused them both to feel like pins and needles and it just kept...
    jgoodwin104 jgoodwin104 22-25, F Oct 19, 2012

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    Spinal Stenosis

    Hi fellow pain endurists, only desperate people like me will know how it feels to live in a never ending world of pain... unfortunately have been diagnosed with osteoarthritits/spinal stenosis which has been the cause of unbearable sciatica for the past 6 months. I had to leave...
    Sanree Sanree 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 24, 2013

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    On the 19th I had my first lower lumbar surgery.

    I broke my back November 11, 2012. I'm scared now. after the surgery the surgeon stated that I will need it fused in a matter of years. I'm have been so independent even after the injury. I find it so hard to ask for help to pick things up off the floor. Or to even put on socks...
    BrandiLyn09 BrandiLyn09 22-25, F 19 hrs ago

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    Just Had Spinal Surgery For Spinal Stenosis

    I would just like to share my surgery, I am 26 female, and on March 21, 2013, I went to the emergency room because my right leg was paralyzed, they ran a MRI and within 2 hours of having the MRI done, I had a Neurologist come into my room and tell me that I had to have spinal...
    MeiDio MeiDio 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 30, 2013

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    Spinal Surgery

    i had emergency spinal surgery on nov.22 after falling 17 ft. off a ladder at work.they gave me a t-10 l-3 fusion and a cage.1 of my vertebra was crushed and the other was destroyed.i now have neurogenic bowel and bladder.theres pain of some sort everyday,but ican walk and do...
    billbuzz billbuzz 36-40, M 2 Responses Jul 12, 2012

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    Emergency Thoracic Fusion

    In October of 2008 I went to my primary care doctor for my annual physical. I told her I had been having a lot of pain and that my back felt like it was broken. After xrays and MRI's they told me I had a herniated disc that was putting pressure on my spinal cord and that I needed...
    Sambouka Sambouka 31-35 Dec 22, 2009

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    Spinal Fusion July 30, 2013

    I had spinal fusion surgery on July 30th of this year. When I woke up I was in sooooo much pain. They said the first 24-48 hours is the worst - they were not kidding! I didn't think I would make it through the night but I did and they got me out of bed and walking the next day...
    GenH GenH 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 8, 2013

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    I had it at gosh when I was 8.

    Near the end I had a strange hankering for water. Missed 3 months of school. MSG me if u wanna know more ๐Ÿ˜œ
    Nickstar13 Nickstar13 13-15, F Aug 10

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    On the 19th I had my first lower lumbar surgery.

    I broke my back November 11, 2012. I'm scared now. after the surgery the surgeon stated that I will need it fused in a matter of years. I'm have been so independent even after the injury. I find it so hard to ask for help to pick things up off the floor. Or to even put on socks...
    BrandiLyn09 BrandiLyn09 22-25, F 1 Response 19 hrs ago

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    Spine Surgery For Spondylolisthesis.

    I had surgery for Spondylolisthesis by Dr. Michale Hasz of the Virginia Spine Institute. I found Dr. Hasz as well as the Institute's staff to be among the most professional I've encountered for anything anywhere. I am healing just fine and can see good improvements.
    Spondylolisthesis Spondylolisthesis 70+ Nov 15, 2012

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    Microdiscectomy @ L5/S1

    Microdiscectomy at L5 S1 HI Everyone, Would like some advice/comments good and bad with regard to my experience of recent surgery. First off here's my story. Twelve years ago I experienced a pro-lapsed disc which left a snag pushing into my sciatic nerve. Despite having two...
    Warried Warried 51-55, M 1 Response Oct 3, 2013

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    I Am Looking At Having Disc Replacement

    ia there anyone who has had disc replacement? if so could you please send me details of your experience and how has it effected you since having the surgery. at the moment i am only being offered FUSION.
    englishrose24 englishrose24 51-55 1 Response Oct 29, 2010

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    S1 Fusion Charite Disc Replacement At L4/5

    Hi everybody so good to find this forum .i had my surgery in 2008 on the Gold Coast .All went well however I was told I could go back to everything ,work( pool builder) exercise with no restrictions .I did this as I had to to support my family and run my business .I think this...
    Wolffy1 Wolffy1 51-55, M 2 Responses May 26, 2013

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    My Past Operation

    I had a scoliosis since my childhood, +50ยบ degrees, and evoluting, i was operated and fortunately, everything went well. Now i'm fine, although after first month of operation i had many pain.
    Tvfc Tvfc 18-21, M Jul 28, 2013

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    Neck Pain

    Hi, I have had an anterior discectomy with decompression and fusion in 2003 on c5 - c6 (for those who know the surgeon enters through the front of the throat to access your spine (neck).  Also, in 2009 I had another C6-c7 this time decompression surgery and disc...
    clwainwright clwainwright 41-45 2 Responses Aug 25, 2009

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    2 Failed Back Surgeries

    iva had 2 different l5-s1 discectomies, now contemplating a fusion, im scared as hell, i watch youtube videos and it is scaring me even more...im sure i wont feel anything while in surgery but leading up to it is killing me,and also thinking about the recovery isnt helping none...
    jojo713 jojo713 36-40 1 Response Apr 29, 2013

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    I Am Writing This For Anyone Thinking Of Having Spine Surgery

    I want to share my experience, in case it helps anyone else: may what happened to me never again happen. I only ever went to the "best" surgeons. Surgeon #1 trained at the Mayo, taught at an Ivy league medical school, and had wall plaques coming out of his ears - with a very...
    LightHealing1000 LightHealing1000 41-45, F 7 Responses Sep 10, 2010

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    I'v Had 5 Spinal Surgery's And Have a cage around my disc in lower lumbar

    August 27th 2007 was my first spinal fusion of my whole upper spine then december 4th 2008 I had my lower section fused, Febuary 2nd 2010 I was opened up from neck to tail bone area so they could Try and clean out an infection. 4 months later I started getting a fever of 104.5...
    karinaleavens karinaleavens 18-21 10 Responses Nov 10, 2011

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    Neck Pain Is Better

    I had spine surgery in October 2008. The doctor fused C-2,3,4 because of herniated disks and arthritis. I had been in a lot of pain in my shoulder and neck and was losing the feeling in my hands. The surgery went fine and I was home within 24-hours. Two or three days later when...
    LoneBlogger LoneBlogger 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 30, 2011

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    I am having a spinal fusion on my lower back.

    The disc is gone! Mr I showed compressed nerve. Tops of my feet hurt. And right leg pain is unbearable at times. The neuro surgeon said my pain would be completely healed because only 1 disc is involved. Can the nerve be permanently damaged? I hope not! The pain is awful. I'm...
    sourapplemix sourapplemix 46-50 3 Responses Feb 15

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    Related Experiences

    I was electrocuted 21/2 years ago, fell and broke my spine in 3 places. I had to have a spinal fusion from t-9 to t-11 with a titanium cage. The cage shifted and the edge is...
    kidkilowatt kidkilowatt 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 1

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    I had shoulder surgery in early September. I had half of it reconstructed, muscles reattached and the tendon sewn back together. I was doing really well until I fell over today and...
    Lasey94 Lasey94 18-21, F Dec 4

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    I have been at a university for a few years now and at the beginning I had a friend who I somewhat trusted so much. We confided in each other all the time yet we fought a lot but...
    crimsonreggie crimsonreggie 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 14

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    I have had it a couple times in my life,but last night was the scariest thing ever.I was sleeping,fell asleep on the couch.I started to dream about demons and i was scared,but i...
    1prettygirl 1prettygirl 36-40, F 31 Responses Nov 26

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    Have had my heart broken a million times by the same guy,he destroyed me!He was always promising that he would never hurt me again,he once said "i would rather die than hurt you...
    Tessa3 Tessa3 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 4

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    And I still have. I have had it since many years back, about 8 I think.
    GSSB GSSB 18-21, F Dec 13

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    i have had anxiety attacks since i was sixteen.
    brandye brandye 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    I had a spinal fusion many years ago when I was 18. I had severe scoliosis. About a 50 degree curvature. Long story short(The longer version being how scary it was and the fact...
    AvgDudeJ AvgDudeJ 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    Having problems with my phone and getting back to some my surgery went well just had to take the uterus out doing better than everyone excepted
    Jungle46 Jungle46 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 14

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    Hi all. I originally had the gastric sleeve but converted to gastric bypass on 17 November 2014. I live in Sydney, Australia and do not know anyone who has had this done. I am...
    Shazza49oz Shazza49oz 46-50 Nov 30

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    One week after my 65th birthday I fell at a self service car wash and broke my tib and fib, and ruptured my quad tendon at the same (or damn close) time. I live in Texas. The...
    morgal48 morgal48 66-70, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    9 years ago I had an accident when I was four wheeling with my family. I went flying off the quad after I crashed an I landed badly. I broke my right collarbone, I was in a sling...
    NoRegretsAndNoRemorse NoRegretsAndNoRemorse 22-25, F 4 Responses 1 hr ago

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    I am becoming even more aware that my EP was not just hacked but the hacker changed/re-wrote most of my stories around. I am sorry if anyone who has read what is supposed to be my...
    stigmafree stigmafree 31-35 20 hrs ago

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    35 years ago I worked temporarily in Ipswich, Australia, not far from the air force base at Amberley. I had a great aunt in Ipswich and I visited her a few times. One evening she...
    Codenwarra Codenwarra 61-65, M 1 Response Dec 5

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    High school BFF: We were friends for four years. We met when we were 14, almost exactly a month apart in age. She was quiet, shy, and nervous. I was letting my hair out after years...
    Nairamata Nairamata 22-25, F Nov 23

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    When I was 16 I was stabbed 9 times. My lung was punctured I had broken ribs and was pouring blood out of my wounds. My heart had stopped beating and I had stopped breathing when...
    SanchoPanzaElGuapisimo SanchoPanzaElGuapisimo 26-30, M 10 Responses Nov 25

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    My depression is a Demon. I've had Sleep Paralysis my whole life. I have memories of dreams about what i thought were the golden eyes of my beloved rottweilers, but were instead...
    TwentyTwoReasons TwentyTwoReasons 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 25

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    I was coming home from the amusement park with my parents when I fell asleep. I woke up and had realized how much i had to drink. I really needed to go so badly my legs were...
    cutecheerleadergirl cutecheerleadergirl 18-21, F 9 Responses Nov 26

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    About twenty years ago I happened upon a car crash where a pickup had run head on into a Freeway Entrance sign post about a foot and a half in diameter that was on a large cement...
    OkCountryBoy OkCountryBoy 66-70, M Nov 30

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    On the 3rd nov I broke up with my girlfriend of a year and a half, we had talked about our future, getting a house, getting married and even children. It was difficult breaking up...
    Calvexz Calvexz 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 2

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    This took place in a hotel in Spain, Majorca when I was on holiday during the summer I was in the hotel there were a lot of really hot girls my age and they always seemed to be...
    EpikFacedGamer EpikFacedGamer 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 2

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    Started Friday I had a "black day" Never got out of bed, except to use the bathroom, never ate, or did anything. Didn't cry but slept for over 29 hours. Saturday was a bit better...
    Davidskelly Davidskelly 26-30, F Dec 7

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    Friendships ending is just like a break up with a romantic partner. My friendships usually end by just drifting apart, but it stings so much worse when you become different people...
    meadowes meadowes 18-21, F a week ago

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    When I first found out I was pregnant, I was scared and in shock. I never even considered an option other than abortion, although I didn't, and still don't, like that I had to do...
    merdi230 merdi230 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    its was a very terrifying and confusing experience, I've woken up many , many times in the middle of my sleep before but last night was different. i was laying on my stomach with...
    yaritza16 yaritza16 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I hate you sun. I'm fair skinned and it's been quite a curse. Besides being self conscious all summer of having this white cave fish glow to my skin and not being able to tan, I...
    Paradoxalintent Paradoxalintent 36-40, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I fainted once on account of what I think must have been a panic attack. I have always been rather prone to health anxiety and it was worse when I was younger. As a child to read...
    macmann macmann 56-60, M Nov 23

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    I had a rough childhood. During my last year of high school, it took a lot of help from some people who decided to step in and a lot of work on my own to get away. Some were just...
    justnicky justnicky 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 26